Mech Dara, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 30 September 2016
Security preparations are underway for a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is scheduled to arrive in Cambodia next month.
A Chinese delegation, including China’s deputy minister of public security, Wang Xiaohong, visited Phnom Penh earlier this week. The group met with high-ranking members of the government and the security services, including Interior Minister Sar Kheng, National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun, and the capital’s police chief Chuon Sovann.
According to Savoeun’s Facebook page, the parties discussed the upcoming visit, with the Chinese assured that all institutions were ready to cooperate. Savoeun also thanked Deputy Minister Wang for equipment and training, which his ministry had provided in the past.
Cambodia is increasingly seen as one of Beijing’s closest regional allies. It has received billions of dollars in Chinese aid and loans, while also openly supporting China’s position on the South China Sea dispute – to the annoyance of members of the regional ASEAN bloc.
Kung Phoak, co-founder and president of the Cambodia Institute for Strategic Studies, said the visit would further solidify the countries’ close ties. “Of course this is important because President Xi is the leader of the second-biggest economy in the world, [and] his visit to Cambodia signifies the importance of the relationship between the two countries,” Phoak said.
“The two countries have a lot of cooperation, especially in economics, and also politics and security. In recent years they are also expanding in the areas of cultural exchange and people-to-people relations. I think there’s a lot on the table.”
In short, the ASEAN countries indicated, as they had done in the past, that they had reached something of a consensus on the issue of the South China Sea. To some, the bloc’s apparent eagerness to avoid confrontation appeared to mean it was bowing to China.
សេចក្ដីប្រកាសព័ត៌មាន៖ លទ្ធផលបណ្តោះអាសន្ននៃការចុះឈ្មោះបោះឆ្នោត ដើម្បីរៀបចំបញ្ជីបោះឆ្នោតថ្មី ឆ្នាំ២០១៦ ពីថ្ងៃទី០១ ដល់ថ្ងៃទី២៩ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១៦
3,914,208 people registered to vote as of September 29, 2016 and the voter registration started on September 1 and last through November 29.
9,664,216 people are eligible to register to vote.
Cambodia has a population of 15,721,366 citizens. Nationwide has 1,633 communes. NEC
Khouth Sophak Chakrya, The Phnom Penh Post
Thu, 29 September 2016
A 100-kilogram Siamese giant carp that had been caught in a fisherman’s gill net was freed and released into the Tonle Sap lake by Fisheries Administration officials on Tuesday.
Yon Kunthea, a 36-year-old fisherman from Pursat province’s Krakor district, had sailed across the lake to set his fishing net in a more shallow area where smaller fish are typically found.
“I was collecting the fishing net to retrieve the small fish, but I saw a huge tear in the fishing net,” he said. “When I lifted it, I saw a huge Siamese giant carp trapped in it. At that time, I was overwhelmed because it was huge, and I have never experienced that before,” he said, adding that he promptly called the authorities to inspect and free the huge carp.
“The Siamese giant carp is a rare and endangered freshwater species. We are happy that the fisherman has a good understanding of the benefits of this rare species and is actively collaborating [with us] to preserve it,” Song Ly, a Fisheries Administration official in Pursat province, said.
Believed to have been washed into the net by strong currents exacerbated by floods in the past few weeks, the fish was released into a deeper part of the lake, Ly said.